The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) seeks to support Oxy’s mission by providing experiences that encourage the development of higher order thinking skills through faculty-mentored independent research. Find other student works supported by the URC here.


Submissions from 2012

Investigating Insect Interactions on Pentaclethra macroloba, Arlin Alger

Herbivory on Toxic Plants and Gut Microbial Diversity in Tropical Katydids, Kenjiro Quides

Abundance and Size Variations in Eelgrass-Associated Fish Assemblages In San Diego Bay, Morgan Winston

Submissions from 2011

Effect of Soil Type on Abundance and Diversity of Insect Herbivores of Pentaclethra macroloba , Audrey Crocker

The Effects of Storm Drain Runoff on Fish and Invertebrate Populations at Palos Verdes Peninsula, Sara Damore

Activation of CiD Interneurons in Zebrafish by the Venom of the Fish Hunting Cone Snail Conus catus , Erika Edmund

Population dynamics of Strongylocentrotus -dominated sea urchin barrens on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Anthony Fredericks

A Mouse Model for Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis Vaccine Development, Kristina Geiger

Quantification of Methanogenic Microbes Associated with Tropical Bromeliads: Influences on Function and Abundance, Gene Jang

When is seeing believing: Issues with Stem Cell therapy research, Emily Kimes

Unveiling Venom: Comparison of Novel Conus tulipa Conotoxins to Other Species of Fish-Hunting Cone Snails, Nicole Leung

Purification and Identification of a Synthesized Neuroexcitatory Peptide to Confirm its Refolded Structure Present in the Injected Venom of Conus catus Snails, Kellee Murayama

Dopamine on Demand: a Possible Step Toward Stem Cell Therapy for Parkinson's Disease, Ashley Noone

AquaporinGeneExpressionin W.Ringens , Carly Phillips

Venom Variation during Prey Capture and Development in Conus , Cecilia Prator

Purification and Inactivation of Recombinant Phospholipase D: Approaches to Developing a Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis Vaccine, Annie Tran

The Murine Immune Response to Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis: a Model for Vaccine Development, David Whorton

Light in the Tank: Effect of Light Exposure on pH in a Neotropical Bromeliad, Walter Woodside

Optimizing Purification and Inactivation of Recombinant Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis Phospholipase D, Nathan Young

Dominance in the Canopy by Pentaclethra macroloba: A Genetic and Population Ecology Level Investigation, Helen Zukin

Submissions from 2010

Purification of Phospholipase D: Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis ? Major Exotoxin , Eliseo Barajas

The Equine Immune Response to C. Pseudotuberculosis : A Multifaceted Approach, Elise Burger

Seedling success determinants and predators of a dominant neo-tropical tree, Pentaclethra macroloba , Adrienne Daniels

Bisulfite Fragmentation at Non-B Motifs in Genomic DNA, Rachel Ehrman-Dupre

The Snuggle Phenomenon: An Early Event of Potential Cell Fusion in the Brain, Michele Kanemori

Kiss-and-Tell: Transgenes Reveal Embryonic Stem Cell Promiscuity, Emily Kimes

The Roles of Equine Antibody and Cell Mediated Responses in Determining the Various Manifestations of Pigeon Fever, Marcellina Kolonas

Unveiling Venom: Comparison of Novel Conus tulipa Conotoxins to Other Species of Fish-Hunting Cone Snails , Nicole Leung

Narrowing in on the Target: A Pharmacological Approach to Confirming the Molecular Target of Cone Snail Neuroexcitatory Peptides , Karen Medina

Geographic Variation of A-Superfamily Venom Peptides in Conus Catus , Michelle Morioka

The Demographics of Forearm Fractures, Jisel Paniagua

Change We Can Believe in: Venom Variation duringPrey Capture and Development in Cone Snails, Cecilia Prator

The HDAC Inhibitor LBH589 Reduces Cell Proliferation in Breast Cancer Cell Lines including those Resistant to Aromatase Inhibitors , Molly Storer

Generation of Monoclonal Antibodies to Conus Venom Peptides c1e and c4a, Annie Tran

Physiological Approach to Affirming the Molecular Target of Conus Catus Neuroexcitatory Peptides in Zebrafish Motor Neurons , Marvin Trani

How Tank Bromeliads Respond to Changing Tank Conditions, Rebecca Tribelhorn

Bacterial Clearance in Megathura crenulata , the Giant Keyhole Limpet, Whitney Tsai

The Effect of Host Tree Leaf Litter on Werauhia gladioliflora Tank Water Biochemistry, Clara Wilch

What?s in the Tank? A Study of Tank Bromeliad Microbe Interactions, Walter Woodside

Submissions from 2009

The Equine Immune Response to Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis: the Antibody Response, Dina Abdel-Massih

Novel Venom Peptides From Hawaiian Native Conus catus , Sheryl Baptista

Evolutionary Relationships and Physiological Traits of Agaves and Yuccas with Contractile Roots, Erin Brinton

Phylogenetic Relationships and Cold Intolerance in Species of Yucca, Rebecca Corbett

Retrograde Labeling of Zebrafish Spinal Interneurons for Calcium Imaging Studies, Laura Edelstein

Investigation into the effects of herbivory on Pentaclethra macroloba seedling success, Madolyn Hollowed

Root Hydraulic Conductance in Epiphytic Orchids, Cam-Van Huynh

Immune Response of Horses to Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis : The Major Exotoxin Phospholipase D, Michael Ingram

Genetic Engineering and Characterization of ZHTc6 and AF5 Cell Lines, Margaret Leith

Microtylopteryx hebardi , Lauren Valbracht

The Equine Immune Response to Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis : The Cytokine Response, Luca Valle

Spatial Cognition in Hemi-Rparkinsonian Rats Using the Morris Water Maze, Alex Wertheimer

Submissions from 2008

The Equine Immune Response to Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis: A Serological Analysis Dina Abdel-Massih and Luca Valle , Dina Abdel-Massih and Luca Valle

Genetic Manipulation: Engineering Dopamine Producing Stem Cells, David Arrizon

Novel Venom Peptides From Hawaiian Native Conus catus , Sheryl Baptista

How Prunus Species Move and Use Water, Cameron Brahmst

Evolutionary Relationships and Physiological Traits of Agaves and Yuccas with Contractile Roots, Erin Brinton

Association of Vitamin D with Anemia in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients, Kang Choi

Comparing and Contrasting Root and Leaf Properties of Tropical and Desert Agaves, Rebecca Corbett

Digestive Enzymes of the Giant Keyhole Limpet, Jessica Day

The Role of Microbial Enzymes in Carbon Degradation in Marine Sediments, Dawn Gruber

Quality of Systems of Health Care as Indicated by the Efficiency of Emergency Rooms, Madolyn Hollowed

Fistula-in-Ano: A Five Year Experience, Christopher H. Jackson

The Proboscis of Predatory Conus: Sensory Structures and Tissue Regeneration, David James

Novel Venom Peptides from Hawaiian Conus catus , Eric King

The Role of Neurokinin-B in Seizure and Epilepsy, Jennifer Phan

The Role of Litter Decomposition, Fertility, and Litter-Dwelling Animals in the Carbon Cycle of a Tropical Rain Forest, Evan Poirson

Nectary and leaf deployment variation of the exotic ant-plant Ricinus communis L. (Castor Oil Plant) across temperate and tropical landscapes, Case Prager

NMDA Blockade Supresses L-dopa Induced Dyskinesias, Johanna Quist

Development of larval Lepidoptera herbivores on Pentaclethra macroloba , Tyler Stuart

Behavioral Variation of Microtylopteryx hebardi , a Treefall Gap Inhabiting Grasshopper of the Costa Rican Rainforest, Lauren Vallbracht

The Equine Immune Response to Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis: A Murine Model Luca Faustino Valle and Dina Abdel-Masih , Luca Faustino Valle and Dina Abdel-Masih

Submissions from 2007

The Morphology of the Digestive Tract of the wild Giant Keyhole Limpet, Megathura crenulata Renae Cotero and Kate Vumbaco , Renae Cotero and Kate Vumbaco

How "Living Rock" cacti pull down in the soil, Tadao Garrett

The Differentiation and Transplantation of GABA Over-expressing Embryonic Stem Cells, Daniel Geraets

The Role of the Velamen, Leaves, and Pseudobulbs in Different Species of Costa Rican Orchids, Diana Hernandez

Root Structure and Function in Epiphytic Orchids Cam-Van Huynh , Cam-Van Huynh

What is the role of Neurokinin-B in seizures and epilepsy in C57Bl/6J mice?, Jennifer Phan

Detritivores and Plant Biodiversity at La Selva, Costa Rica, Evan Poirson

Plant architecture and habitat variation of the exotic ant-plant Ricinus communis Case Mahone Prager , Case Mahone Prager

What is the Role of the NMDA Receptor in the Development of L-DOPA-induced dyskinesias?, Ashley Saito

Studies of venom ontogeny, biomechanics and morphology of the prey-capture mechanism of predatory snails in the genus Conus . Mike Salisbury , Mike Salisbury

The Development of an Embryonic Zebrafish Neuromuscular Co-culture System to Evaluate the Effects of Cone Snail Venom Peptides on the Synapse, Jodie Sasaki

Seedling Recruitment in a Native Tree Plantation in the Lowland Tropical Rainforests of Costa Rica, Joseph Statwick

Analysis of potential SsgB-related penicillin-binding proteins and autolysins in Streptomyces coelicolor Riley Steiner , Riley Steiner

Submissions from 2006

Characterizing the Morphological Ultrastructure of the Alimentary Canal of Megathura Crenulata (the Giant Keyhole Limpet), Tracy Bessette

"The Best Foot Forward": The Vascular System in the Foot of the Keyhole Limpet, Megathura Crenulata , Genevieve Birchman

Immunogenicity of Human NSCs, Marisa Bowers

The Effect of High Temperatures and Drought Conditions on Contractile Root Function in Hesperoyucca whipplei , Erin Brinton

The Influence of Diet on the Formation of Uric Acid Kidney Stones in Filipino Patients, Sara Camarena

Interim Report on The Life History of Queenfish (Seriphus politus) and The Impact of Cooling Water Intake in Southern California Generating Stations, Jean Davis

Interim Report on The Life History of Queenfish (Seriphus politus) and The Impact of Cooling Water Intake in Southern California Generating Stations, Jean Davis

The effect of age on development of abnormal involuntary movements in L-DOPA treated parkinsonian rats, Sean Ganley

Exposure to depressant drugs leads to neuronal death within the developing piriform cortex, Shannon Klebe

The Effects of Venom from a Fish-Hunting Cone Snail (Conus catus) on the Physiology of Danio rerio (Zebrafish) Embryos, Elaine Lee

A Randomized Trial for Prevention of Contrast Induced Nephropathy With Sodium Bicarbonate, Eric Luk

Genetically engineering and screening cell lines producing dopa/dopamine, Melissa Miranda

Aerial Root Growth and Water Uptake in Philodendron bipinnatifidum, Danielle Montenegro

Regulating Gene Expression with microRNAs: Anti-cancer therapy?, Riley Steiner

The permeability and composition of the basal lamina of the midgut trunk of sicyonia, Shannon Sullivan

Isolation of Danio rerio (zebrafish) neurons and skeletal muscle fibers in vitro: Monitoring Axonal Growth, Morphology, and Physiology, Alyson Tamamoto